It’s a Brees: 2 Guys talk about the Saints QB, Green Bay’s offense and what to expect in Week 17

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This is it! If you’re still playing then congratulations to you and your fantasy team.

This week 2 Guys recap some of the outstanding performances from Week 16 including Drew Brees recording setting performance and the resurgence of Green Bay’s Offense.

2 Guys also talk about what teams and match ups to avoid in Week 17 and which teams and players have the most to play for going into the season’s final week.

Lastly, 2 Guys wish all of their listeners a Happy New Year and look forward to recapping the 2011 season next week.

Rodger That – 5 Things About Week 16 in Fantasy Football

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  • Green Bay’s offense delivered.
    • If you were able to survive the Week 15 dud against the Chiefs then you were rewarded in Week 16. Both Jordy Nelson and James Jones posted two scores each, and Jermichael Finley added another touchdown for good measure. Of course, Aaron Rodgers was Aaron Rodgers tossing a career best 5 touchdowns in the win.
  • Kahlil answers the Bell.
    • If you listened to last week’s podcast there was quite a bit of contention over the value of Bell. But after his 120 plus yard rushing performance against the Packers it’s clear Bell was ready to answer the call. If you had the guts to play him you were rewarded.
  • Tony Romo and Tim Tebow faltered.
    • Romo’s day was cut short by a hand injury and Tebow looked like a rookie against a Bills defense that seemed to be one step ahead of the young QB. Bottom line, I think both Romo and Tebow will perform well enough this week to start for you if your team is still in action, but if your Super Bowl was last week then our condolences to you.
  • Cruz control.
    • Cruz’s 99 yard touchdown was the stuff fantasy dreams (and championships) are made of. Cruz finished the day with 164 yards and the touchdown and made all the fantasy owners who took a chance on him after Week 3 feel really good about themselves.
  • Watch match ups in Week 17.
    • If your playoffs are still going on (and you’re still in them) pay close attention to match ups this week. Many teams like the Texans and Packers have clinched their seed and a win or loss does not affect their playoff positioning. Try to avoid teams with nothing to play for and look at teams like the Saints, 49ers, and Bengals as examples of teams that will be playing to win their games since there is playoff positioning and seeding at stake.

2 Guys Fantasy Spotlight: 2 Guys 2 Watch in Week 16

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Evan’s Week 16 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Ben Tate, Houston Texans

Ben Tate was supposed to be the primary ball-carrier for the 2010 Houston Texans team. Things did not go as planned however as Tate suffered a season-ending injury after just 2 preseason carries last season. After the the injury, the Houston Texans turned over the majority of their backfield duties to Arian Foster. Foster went on to have a tremendous 2010 season surpassing 1600 yards rushing while also accumulating over 70 catches. At the beginning of the 2011 season, it was Foster who was sidelined by injury while Tate was the feature back for the Texans who rushed for over 300 yards during the first 3 weeks of the season. Foster’s injury was not season-ending however, which has allowed Houston to work to incorporate both backs into their offense.

Over the past few weeks, Foster has been the player posting the impressive fantasy stats while Tate has faded, but Week 16 should be an opportunity for both players to excel. The defensively-inept Indianapolis Colts face Houston in Week 16 in a game that the Texans need to win for playoff-seeding purposes. Expect the Texans to run the ball close to 40 times in the game while both Foster and Tate find the endzone. For owners with Tate on their roster, expecting 100 total yards in addition to the aforementioned TD is completely feasible.

The Guy I Do Not Like: Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

Over his career, Steven Jackson has found ways to put up solid numbers despite playing for some awful St. Louis Rams teams. Jackson’s ability to both run the ball and catch the ball out of the backfield ahev made him a solid option for fantasy owners nearly every week of his career. In 2011, Steven Jackson has struggled against the better defenses in the NFL.

Against Baltimore in Week 3 he rushed for merely 23 yards (it should be noted he was still fighting back from an injury at that point of the season), against San Francisco in Week 13 he rushed for only 19 yards, and he averaged under 53 yards in two meetings with Seattle this season. In Week 16, Jackson and the Rams face the number one-ranked defense in football in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Expect Jackson to struggle to get to 50 yards rushing this week making him a subpar option for any fantasy owner.

Frank’s Week 16 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones was certainly a bit of disappointment when the season started due to nagging hamstring injuries and his overall lack of production. But believe it or not the time Jones spent on the sidelines earlier this season is working in his favor. While most rookies who have been playing since week 1 are starting to slow down a bit, Julio Jones is just getting warmed up.

He’s found the end zone 3 times in the past 2 games and also racked 189 yards receiving over that same span. The Falcon’s match up against the Saints on Monday night will be high scoring and you can pencil Jones in for close to a 100 yards receiving and at least one trip to the end zone.

The Guy I Don’t Like: Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Torrey Smith has been of the surprise rookies of the 2011 season. He actually has more receiving yards than Julio Jones (770 vs 755) and more touchdowns ( 7 vs 5) but fantasy is all about match ups. When the Ravens met the Browns in Week 14 Smith posted just 1 catch for 32 yards.

Smith could certainly have a better game this time around but the Ravens will likely do most of the their damage on the ground again (Ray Rice went over 200 yards in the first meeting). With that in mind I think Smith will have less than 50 yards receiving and no trips to the end zone.

For whom does Bell Toll? 2 Guys talk Kahliil Bell, Megatron, Brees, and what to expect in week 16

With the fantasy season drawing to a close 2 guys talk about some of the best performances from Week 15 as well as what to expect going into Week 16.

2 Guys talk about Lesean McCoy and Drew Brees monster seasons and how they’ve blown away their preseason expectations.

Felix Jones resurgence was also discussed and if he has now become a top fantasy back in Demarco Murray’s absence.

Frank and Evan also disagree over Kahlil Bell’s value against the Packers in week 16 and whether or not he should be considered a top fantasy option.

Lastly, 2 Guys talk about trusting the team that got you to this point and not making major changes based on projections or match ups.

Brees Along – 5 Things about Week 15 in fantasy football

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  • Drew Brees saved his best for last.
    • You either loved it or hated it. Drew Brees and his five touchdown performance is the stuff fantasy championships are made of. Going into the season we had Brees rated as a first round pick, hopefully you took our advice on that one.
  • Megatron delivers.
    • Megatron’s 214 yard, 2 touchdown performance was the kind of epic performance that made or broke fantasy match-ups. This was Calvin Johnson first big game in weeks and it couldn’t have come at a better time for fantasy owners.
  • Tony Romo is clutch in fantasy.
    • Forget all the talk of Romo’s postseason woes or late game collapses the guy is a stud when it comes to fantasy. The last weeks Romo has tossed 7 touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s big time production.
  • Lesean is the real McCoy.
    • McCoy continued his monster season with another 3 touchdowns against the Jets. His 20 touchdowns on the year lead the league and he is having one the best fantasy seasons for a running back in quite sometime. Look for him to be a top pick in 2012 fantasy drafts.
  • Bush burns Bills.
    • Give Reggie Bush credit. He said he was a feature back and he proved all the nay sayers wrong (including 2guysfantasy.com). When Bush went for over 200 yards yesterday against the Bills that put him just 23 yards short of his first 1,000 yard season. Bush may not be elite but he is a fantasy factor and should be drafted accordingly next year.

2 Guys Fantasy Spotlight: 2 Guys 2 Watch in Week 15

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Evan’s Week 15 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers

With all the weapons at Aaron Rodgers disposal, 36 year-old Donald Driver has struggled to be a post numbers that would make him fantasy relevant in 2011. Outside of a 2 touchdown performance in Week 13, Driver has not had a week during the season which would make fantasy owners feel good about putting him in their line up. The injury to Greg Jennings in Week 14 changes the landscape of the Packers offense though and Driver is the player most likely to step up. While defenses shift their focus to Jordy Nelson and JerMichael Finley, Driver should have a bunch of chances to make plays against a fading Kansas City Chiefs team. With the firing of Coach Todd Haley this week, Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel now has the burden of preparing the entire team, both offense and defense, to play the defending Super Bowl champs. Even without the added work, Crennel would have struggled to find ways to slow down Driver and the Packers. Expect 90 yards receiving from Driver and a TD.

The Guy I Do Not Like: CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills

When Fred Jackson went down with a season-ending injury in Week 11, the door was open for CJ Spiller to become a fantasy-relevant player. The results thus far have been mixed with Spiller surpassing 100 total yards in only one of three games. Spiller will not make it two out of four this week as he faces a Miami Dolphin defense which held that just held the always-dangerous LeSean McCoy to just 38 yards on 27 carries in Week 14. Spiller should get a decent number of touches, somewhere in the 18-20 range, but he will not surpass 70 yards. The Dolphins, who have only allowed 5 rushing TDs all season, will also keep Spiller from reaching the endzone, making the Bills running back a poor option for your playoff matchup this week.

Frank’s Week 15 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Legarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Legarrette Blount’s had an uneven year just like the Buccaneers. But in this matchup I like Blount’s physical running style to wear down a Dallas front seven that looked like they were susceptible to the run against the Giants. Blount’s not much of a factor in the passing game so if the game gets out of hand he won’t be much of a factor. However, I get the funny feeling that Legarrette and the Bucs will be up for the nationally televised Saturday night game. Call it a hunch or just an educated guess but I see Blount running for over 100 yards and reaching the endzone at least once against the Boys from Big D.

The Guy I Do Not Like: Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns

So much for the idea that Hillis would be a fantasy factor down the stretch. Hillis was invisible against the Steelers last week and things don’t figure to get much better against the Cardinals. The Cardinals have been playing much better on defense lately and they tend to play much better home as well. Don’t look for more than 45 yards from Hillis as the Cards swarm the line of scrimmage to limit any big runs. Also don’t expect any trips to the end zone. Leave Hillis where he’s been all year. On the bench.

Driver to the rescue? 2 Guys talk injury replacements, waivers, and surprises heading into Week 15

There is no turning back now. Week 15 is the championship for some fantasy leagues and at least the first round of the playoffs for many others.

2 Guys talk about replacements for the injured Greg Jennings and Demarco Murray including Donald Driver, Kahlil Bell, and Chris Ivory.

2 Guys also examine whether or not you can trust Chris Johnson after a disappointing Week 14 or if you need to look for other options.

Todd Haley and Tony Sparano were two head coaches who were fired this week and Frank of 2 Guys talks about why the head coaching change won’t affect fantasy players on the Chiefs or the Dolphins.

Frank and Evan disagree on Ahmad Bradshaw’s value heading into Week 15 but do agree on five sleepers who can help you in Week 15 including Joel Dreesen, Ryan Grant, and Demaryius Thomas.

Jones-Drew shines and CJ2K tanks – 5 things about Week 14 in Fantasy Football

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  • Maurice Jones-Drew wins leagues.
    • Jones-Drew has proven to be worthy of a number one fantasy pick all season and Week 14 was no different. Jones-Drew’s four touchdowns certainly helped turned the tide in many a fantasy match up and proved he is still among the elite players in fantasy football. This week Jones-Drew faces a short week against the Falcons but he is still a no brainer to have in your lineup.
  • Chris Johnson fails.
    • Chris Johnson’s 23 yards rushing could have been the death knell to many fantasy owners. After back to back superstar performances, CJ2K continued his disappointing season. At this point if you have Johnson you’ve still got to play him but you’ll have to temper your expectations.
  • Antonio Brown is real.
    • Antonio Brown’s 79 yard touchdown catch was a dream to all fantasy owners who had him in their lineups. With Brown’s quickness and run after the catch ability he is a great flex option in all standard fantasy formats.
  • Julio Jones is hit or miss.
    • Julio Jones had another monster game with two touchdowns and over 100 yards receiving. Unfortunately, Jones has the potential to break your opponents back but could just as easily break yours. Matt Ryan has been hot so Jones is worth starting, but don’t expect two touchdown’s every week.
  • Beware of rookies.
    • Rookies have been great this season. Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, and A.J. Green have been some of the best first year fantasy players. However, in recent weeks it appears that some of these rookie standouts have started hitting a bit of a rookie wall as their numbers are starting to drop a bit. There’s no need to overreact and bench all of your rookie starters, but pay attention to matchups down the stretch.

2 Guys Fantasy Spotlight: 2 Guys 2 Watch in Week 14

Evan’s Week 14 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys

I know Miles Austin is back, Dez Bryant is a big target, and Jason Witten is a consistently steady option in the passing game. All of these factors do not discount the fact that Tony Romo and Laurent Robinson have built a tremendous rapport over this season. While the Cowboys have dealt with a number of injuries to their receiving corps throughout the season, Robinson has consistently been a player that Tony Romo can look to when he needs a play to be made. On Sunday night, against a New York Giant secondary that has continues to be decimated by injury, the Cowboys should put up solid numbers through the air.

While Robinson may not start, expect him to still be on the field a lot. While it might be tempting to keep him out of your line up, resist that urge and start him. He should get close to 90 yards receiving and will most likely find the end zone.

The Guy I Do Not Like: Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

In what has been a lost year for every offensive player on the Colts team, no one has suffered more from the loss of Peyton Manning than Reggie Wayne. Consistently a guy who fantasy owners could count on for a minimum of 80 catches and 1200 receiving yards, Wayne has mustered only 52 catches for 707 yards. 10 of those catches have come in the past 2 weeks however, giving many owners who drafted Wayne in an early round a glimmer of hope. Upon further review though, we have to take into account that Wayne put up those numbers against the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots- 2 of the most feeble teams in the NFL when it comes to shutting down opposing passing games.

With the Colts traveling to Baltimore this week, expect the streaking Wayne to be grounded. Even with Ray Lewis likely out for another week, the Ravens defense will give Dan Orlovsky fits. After compiling more than 350 yards through the air in Week 13, the Colts will be fortunate to produce half that number this week. With those type of team totals, Wayne owners should expect no more than 45 yards from the veteran receiver without a TD catch.

Frank’s Week 14 Spotlight

The Guy I Like: Jake Ballard, New York Giants

Jake Ballard has been one of the bigger fantasy surprises this year. He doesn’t get great yardage but Eli Manning looks for him in the red zone often. This week the Giants will need to score early and often to keep pace with the Cowboys offense so look for Ballard to be a big factor in the Giants passing game. I expect Ballard will come close to 70 yards receiving and visit the end zone at least once.

The Guy I Don’t Like: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

For the record, I’ve liked A.J. Green all year. However, this week young A.J. Green goes up against Johnathan Joseph and a formidable Texans defense. The Texans are only giving up 183 pass yards a game and a stingy 5.9 yards per attempt. I think A.J. Green and fellow rookie Andy Dalton are slowing down a bit as they hit the proverbial rookie wall. Look for A.J. Green to have 5 catches for 63 yards and be held out of the end zone.

Winning!!! 2 Guys talk about the best waiver wire pickups heading into the fantasy playoffs

Week 14 is the start of the fantasy playoffs in many leagues and having the best players in your line up is critical.

2 Guys talk about the injuries to Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte and how it affects fantasy match ups heading into the playoffs.

Evan of 2 Guys Fantasy talks about Kahlil Bell as a potential sleeper at running heading into Week 14.

Frank also discusses the value of Brandon Saine as a result of James Stark’s injury.

Pierre Garcon, Demaryius Thomas, and Malcom Floyd are also discussed as potential late season sleepers.